The film consists of four stories plus epilogue, set in 19th-century Sicily. The Other Son – A mother spends her life waiting for news from her two sons (emigrated to America) while ignoring her third, because he is the reincarnation of the bandit who raped her. Moon Sickness – a newly-wed peasant girl discovers that her husband goes mad every full moon. She arranges for a male friend to protect her, but they end up in bed together just as the moon emerges from behind a cloud. The Jar – a rich landowner hires a master craftsman to repair a giant olive jar, but the craftsman gets trapped inside. Requiem – villagers band together in an attempt to force their landlord to let them bury their dead. Conversations with Mother – the writer Luigi Pirandello talks with his aged mother about a story he always wanted to write, but which he never managed to capture in words.. The common link between the stories, adapted from Pirandello, is the vast, empty Sicilian landscape harbouring a richness of dramatic tales at once emotional and elemental. This is a film of fierce sunlight, bleached rocks, dark interiors, silent stares, and dialogue as rough and sparse as the land. In the years since the Tavianis’ Padre Padrone, naturalism has given ground to a more grotesque vision of the past, allowing black comedy to creep into the always subtle socio-historical subject matter. Exhilarating.
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Best Screenplay David di Donatello
Best Screenplay Italian National Syndicate of Cinema Journalists
11th Festival on Wheels
SİNEMANIN Sairi: TONINO GUERRA